Federal Government’s Actions Deemed Illegal
The state of Texas has successfully sued the Biden administration over its cutting or damaging of over 29 miles of concertina wire along the border. Texas argued that this action allowed illegal immigrants to enter deeper into the United States, disrupting the state’s border security efforts and damaging its ability to effectively deter illegal entry.
Wire Installed in Key Crossing Areas
Texas had installed the concertina wire near key crossing areas that have experienced significant surges of illegal immigration in recent years. The federal government claimed that the wire inhibited Border Patrol’s ability to patrol the border once migrants were on U.S. soil. However, Texas contended that the wire was crucial in maintaining border security.
Initial Injunction Reversed
A federal judge initially blocked agents from cutting the razor wire, but later reversed the decision, stating that Texas had not met the requirements for a wider injunction. However, Texas appealed the ruling, and on Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court found in favor of the state. This means that, for now, the wire cannot be damaged or removed.
Surge in Migration and Texas’ Response
The ruling comes at a time when the border area is experiencing a fresh surge in migration. Border-wide, there were over a thousand apprehensions on Monday alone. Texas responded to this challenge by launching Operation Lone Star in 2021, which involved surging resources and law enforcement to the border. The state has also taken other measures, such as building a border wall and constructing a buoy barrier in the Rio Grande.
Controversial Law and White House Response
On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation that allows law enforcement officers in the state to arrest individuals suspected of entering illegally. This move was immediately condemned by the White House. The battle over border security continues, with Texas taking a proactive stance to protect its territory.